Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Eye of the Beholder: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Exceptional foreign cinema. The film opens in the eyes of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor of Elle, after his stroke that paralyzed everything but his eyes. He cannot communicate with his surroundings with speech. He is helpless. For now. The movie is a biopic of Bauby, covering his struggle to write his book, his struggle to speak, his relationship with his father (Max Von Sydow) and his past, including a hostage situation. This film is brilliant, even though the opening seconds were a little predictable, knowing the synopsis. Wow. A

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